GOOD Design SF is 9/29!

GOOD Design SF!

Tomorrow I’ll be hopping a Virgin America flight (for a mind-blowing $29! with wifi!) and heading north to San Francisco for the fourth installment of GOOD Design, GOOD Design SF, where we match local designers and architects with urban leaders to solve city problems (you’ll remember installments 1-3, GOOD Design LA, GOOD Design Starring Art Center and GOOD Design at CEOs for Cities). We’ve got an amazing group of San Francisco change agents and are expecting a packed house, thanks to my fantastic partners-in-problem solving, Erin Cullerton from AIA SF and Julie Kim from SPUR. I’ll be moderating the event, which will conclude with a reception on the beautiful rooftop of the new SPUR Urban Center. Check out the lineup!

  • Problem #1: Create a scalable program that improves local public education. Submitted by Carlos Garcia, San Francisco Unified School District. Design response by Kuth Ranieri.
  • Problem #2: Expand the Ferry Plaza’s vibrant food experience out into the street. Submitted by Chris Meany, Wilson Meany Sullivan. Response by Surface Design.
  • Problem #3: Make recreational movement safer along our waterfronts. Submitted by Monique Moyer, Port of San Francisco. Design response by Min Day.
  • Problem #4: Reinvent San Francisco’s Broadway as a vibrant commercial corridor. Submitted by Michael Cohen, Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development. Design response by Mike and Maaike.
  • Problem #5: Design a citywide bicycle parking system. Submitted by Nathaniel Ford, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Design response by Stamen.
  • Problem #6: Devise a more effective residential recycling program. Submitted by Zahid Sardar, author, design editor and columnist. Design response by Volume, Inc.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Architecture and the City festival, which I should mention is an annual month-long celebration of design and architecture in the city that will be ending with a screening of Eric Bricker’s Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman on September 30. However, should you not be in SF this week for either of these events, never fear:  The Julius Shulman film will be released across the country, and GOOD Design may be coming to a city near you!

[Amazing GOOD Design graphic by the amazing Will Etling]

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  • Claire

    Hi Alissa,
    I was at the event last night and wasn’t able to get my issue of good; how could I get my hands on a copy?
    Also, I’m an industrial design MFA student, and would be very interested in participating in a project like the ones that were presented. How can I get involved?

  • Alissa

    Hey Claire, thanks for coming! You can buy GOOD at any major newsstand or bookstore, or at Whole Foods, but I recommend subscribing for as low as $10. You get a year of GOOD, and your subscription amount is matched by Global Giving for the non-profit of your choice:

    As far as getting involved, I think the folks at the event had some really great ideas for reaching out to your neighborhood council or city council representatives, or attending meetings like the ones held by the MTA or the school district. Also, since you’re in school, we do have a program that we can share with your class like the one we did at Art Center, where we worked for 12 weeks on this as an assignment, then invited city leaders to the final presentations. If you’re interested in more information about that, let me know!